So Rob always has his top ten Brighton albums of the year and it’s always very good and there are usually one or two overlaps with Jon’s but they’re never the same, so in the spirit of diversity and a reflection of the excellent year 2016 has been for music, Jon thought he’d drop a few Rob failed to mention and which happen to be top of his list. Continue reading
Our favourite band this year is one that haven’t released a whole album, but have put out two thirds of one. Fujiya and Miyagi have however put out EP1 and EP2, with a promise of EP3 in the new year, with the tracks from the three releases coming out on a self titled album. When we interviewed David Best earlier this year, he spoke about Feeling really good about the band, and listening to the EPs it’s easy to hear why – from the funky Seratonin Rushes through to the arpeggiated electro of Extended Dance Mix, the band have never sounded better. But it’s not just musically that they’re on top form. The lyrics of Extended Dance Mix are as self deprecating and witty as anything they’ve put out, and To The Last Beat of My Heart rhymed Jupiter with Stupider which is surely equal to Hal David rhyming “pneumonia” with “phone yer”. We can’t wait to hear EP3.
At number two in our list is Fear of Men, who released their second album Fall Forever back in June and shifted away from their more indie guitar based roots into more ethereal territory. Despite only playing a couple of gigs in Brighton in 2016 Fear of Men have been on the road for most of the year touring America twice and spending a lot of time in Europe too.
A brief interlude from our Top Ten countdown now, to spread a bit of Christmas cheer from some local bands. We’ve featured some of these tracks in previous years, but we’re starting off with some new material too, mostly from our friends over at BMusic. They filmed Bloom, Calico, Seeker and Rob Godfrey all performing their take on well known Christmas songs:
Also new is Santa by Tenderhooks:
And here’s the tunes we’ve featured in previous year’s Christmas roundups, from Delta Bell, Catherine Ireton, Crayola Lectern, Nick Hudson, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, Becky Becky and Curxes:
We first wrote about Tigercub on Brighton Music Blog four years ago, and they’ve come a long way since. This year they released their debut album Abstract Figures in the Dark and showed that they’re top of the pile of Brighton’s alt-rock psych grunge scene.
Number four in our 2016 Top Ten is Tom White’s The Fiction Aisle. The Fiction Aisle issued their second album Fuchsia Days this year, showing that 2015’s gorgeous cinematic Heart Map Rubric wasn’t just a one off.
Moving into the Top Five of our end of year list and we get to Bloom, who released their debut album What Is Life? In October. Bloom rose from the ashes of The Beautiful Word showing a newfound maturity in their sound and songwriting, and triumphing over adversity following Megan’s vocal surgery.
It’s December – we should be writing our end of year round up, but instead we’ve got more music to post, so here goes. Bentcousin actually sent us their new track nearly a month ago, but they sent it to us in a twitter DM and we missed it, but we’ve found it again, and here it is. Tonight I Feel Like I’m In Love is another collaboration with Alcatraz Electro and is a sizzling disco number:
Gang recently had a double A side out a few weeks ago. We featured the video for A side Dead when it came out, and now AA side Enough Nothing also has a video:
Emberhoney sent us their new video two days ago, and for us to turn things round that quickly is quite good for us, but in this case it’s not quite good enough, because it’s meant that we’ve missed out on telling you about their gig at the Brunswick tonight. Maybe if you ran down there as soon is I make this post you might catch the end of the set, but any later than that and you’ll just have to console yourself with the video for Some Kind of Alchemy:
A couple of years ago Us Baby Bear Bones were one of Brighton’s great hopes. They had great tunes, they had a unique style, but most of all they had charisma by the bucketload. But then in 2014 they split up and things have been quiet since, until today when Sun Sets East by TEEFF, a new project by UBBBs Puff Gandalfo, was premiered on the 405:
Lastly, Fear of Men have a new single out called Change Me, which is an alternate version of Erase (Aubade) from this year’s album Fall Forever. The band have got form for releasing alternate versions of their tracks (There was a French version of Luna a few years ago), and this release is a bit faster than the album version and has more percussion. You can buy the track on the Fear of Men Bandcamp page: